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Old 17 October 2018, 03:23 PM
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Default Caroll Spinney has left Sesame Street

https://youtu.be/Nd4vkqiwrHo is what clued me in here, but for the big story...

https://abcnews.go.com/amp/Entertain...iring-58556199
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Old 17 October 2018, 03:46 PM
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I clicked the link for the ABC story and instead got one on the sexuality of Bert and Ernie. . . .

But, yes, I understand Spinney is retiring. My wife and I had a brief chat with him a few years ago when he came to Atlanta. He seems like a very nice man, and he told hilarious stories of working with Henson and his crew. I'm sure the Sesame Street crowd will miss him!
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Old 17 October 2018, 05:00 PM
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The written copy on the link is the Big Bird/Spinney story, but the video is the Bert & Ernie thing. Seems to be an error on the ABC site's part.

I know this has been shared here before, but seems like a good time to re-post this:

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Old 17 October 2018, 05:58 PM
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Anecdote not being data and all that, but as a long-time user of the ABCNews website I've come to the opinion that the site is guided by four primary principles (and note, they're not alone in this):

1. Every news story must contain a bandwidth-sucking video.

2. If ABCNews has not done a video piece of the story's subject matter, find a video in the archives that references the subject matter in some tangential way.

3. If no video can be found of the subject matter at all, find a video that at least mentions something however loosely connected to it and run that instead.

4. It doesn't matter... every story must have a video!

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(*Lost count of the number of times she's tried to read a story on said site and had to shut off an annoying video whether it had anything to do with the story or not.)

P.S. -- Enjoy your retirement, Mr. Spinney! Thanks for the memories!
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Old 17 October 2018, 06:31 PM
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Never met Mr. Spinney, but my former next-door neighbor had a second home near him and knew him well.

He's also a phenomenal artist who designs an elaborate Christmas card every year and sends copies to those on his list.

And he does an act, apart from Sesame Street, with a small puppet named "Little Bird."

Thanks.

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Old 18 October 2018, 02:09 AM
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Flashing back to a Something Positive strip. Joke's on them: the strip was twelve years ago and Carroll Spinney is still alive and kicking. :frantically knocks on wood:

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Old 18 October 2018, 03:01 AM
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This took me by a bit of a surprise. I really did not know what to think until I read the article. I was afraid that there was a falling out which led to Spinney walking off the show.

I'm glad it is not that, but a case of Mr Spinney retiring on his terms, with dignity. And that there is a Plan B involved with his understudy.

It was a good, very long career. I hope he can continue doing stuff that he enjoys.
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Old 18 October 2018, 03:31 PM
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Not that it isn't newsworthy, and I'm sure there are people who had no clue he was 84; on the other hand, when someone does the same job for 50 years, you've got to expect them to be of retirement age.

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Old 19 October 2018, 04:32 AM
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So are there any remaining members of the actors, voices, and puppets from 69-75? (I'm not sure there's even an actual show left but obviously Spinney is leaving something.)
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Old 19 October 2018, 12:50 PM
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ganzfeld, it looks like originals Bob and Susan are the still there (per wikipedia). The new episodes moved to HBO in 2016, but then show up on PBS later. I was sort of sad when my daughter outgrew the show, since watching it with her brought back a lot of memories from the 70's when I watched it.

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Old 25 October 2018, 02:34 AM
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I actually bought a DVD to get The Ladybug's Picnic to see again.
And now it's on YouTube.
It's been on since I was a child, which was mid-'70s.
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Old 25 October 2018, 03:01 AM
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That's one of Bud Luckey's many treasures. He passed away early this year. I would love to have a collection of his work. Someone please make that.
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Old 25 October 2018, 09:44 AM
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I actually bought a DVD to get The Ladybug's Picnic to see again.
And now it's on YouTube.
It's been on since I was a child, which was mid-'70s.
Ooh that reminded me of the animated short of Roger Glover's The Butterfly Ball that was frequently used as a time filler between programs when I was a kid.
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Old 25 October 2018, 07:31 PM
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Sesame Street started in 1969. I was in either the 4th or 5th grade. Its companion show was the Electric Company (which came along a few years later, IIRC). I miss the Electric Company.

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Old 25 October 2018, 09:14 PM
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My husband is good friends with Spinney and apparently, the studio's inability to get insurance while he was in the Big Bird suit was a big factor in him retiring.

The studio was not going to fire him, given his tenure etc, but he got word of the consequences for his coworkers and resigned. I think he's still allowed to wear the suit for private parties and such. And I know personally he's still a firecracker.
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